Welcome to Volunteering on Mt. Hood NF

The Mt. Hood National Forest is truly a beautiful place. The Forest Service would love to have you or your group volunteer to help us keep it that way! The types of work a volunteer can perform are many and varied. We hope this website will help you decide which activities and places you would like to volunteer.

What types of activities can I volunteer for?

Please review these category links below to get specific information on a chosen volunteer area. Mt. Hood National Forest opportunities available are:


How long can I volunteer?

You can participate in a one-time project or serve over several months, seasons, or year-round. The commitment you make is up to you. If you would like to make a long-term summer commitment, you may wish to live on the National Forest while you work as a volunteer.

Can my group volunteer together?

Yes! Please refer to the Group Volunteering page.

What kind of experience/training do I need?

No experience is required for most positions. However, if you have special experience that you think would be valuable to the Forest, please let us know. All training will be provided if your volunteer project requires it.

Volunteer Application

We have a volunteer application that we would like you to fill out.  It makes it very easy for you to make initial contact with us and let us know what volunteer areas you are interested in.  It is a Word document that you will need to fill out, print, and mail in to Mark Engler, Mt. Hood National Forest Zone Recreation Program Manager, located at the Zigzag Ranger District, or you can fill it out, save it as a Word document and attach it to an email.  Please click here for the Volunteer Application. Mark Engler can be reached at maengler@fs.fed.us. 


The volunteer application is not required, but is a useful tool to get you started volunteering.  As always, you can contact us directly with questions or about specific volunteer opportunities.

Community Stewardship

Forest Volunteers What is Community Stewardship? Community Stewardship is when volunteers, federal agencies, local businesses, and community groups work together to do something that benefits the Forest. There are many Community Stewardship activities happening on the Mt. Hood National Forest.


When individuals and organizations voluntarily work together toward a mutual goal with the Forest Service, a partnership is created. In these times when traditional funding is decreasing while demands on National Forests are increasing, partnerships play a critical role in the Forest Service's mission of "Caring for the Land and Serving People." Partnerships allow the Forest Service to accomplish more work while participants are given a chance to become involved and make a difference. Please see our Group Opportunities page for more information. 

Hood River Company Recognized For Volunteer Service: Over the past three years, DAKINE, an outdoor recreation company based in Hood River, OR has contributed nearly $20,000 in labor and contributions to maintain trails. For more information and to find how to volunteer, please call Jim Thornton at (541) 467 2291.

Volunteer Opportunities by Ranger District


If you or your group have any suggestions of projects or activities you would specifically like to pursue, please feel free to contact us.  We are always looking for new individuals and groups to help us get things done on the National Forest.

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Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA)

The Pacific Crest Trail was built with the sweat and determination of volunteers and agency partners, all sharing the same passion for a superior backcountry experience, and the idea that building a trail from Mexico to Canada would benefit generations to come.

Key Contacts

General Volunteering Information Contacts:

For general information about volunteering to work on Mt. Hood National Forest, please contact Mark Engler of Zigzag Ranger District at 503-622-2024 or Ron Kikel of Hood River Ranger District at 541-352-1206.